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Simon Macfarlane

Associate, Bristol

Simon is an experienced Solicitor Advocate, specialising in criminal and regulatory cases.
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Experience


Simon is a criminal defence and regulatory law specialist with significant experience of providing high quality advice and representation to a range of clients. He is regularly instructed by insurers, corporate bodies, and individuals to defend a broad range of criminal offences, including motoring and regulatory offences, from initial investigation and interview up to and including representation in court. Simon is praised for being an effective trial advocate.

Additionally, he is an Associate Lecturer teaching criminal advocacy on the Bar Training Course at the University of the West of England.

Recent Cases


Regulatory Cases:

  • HSE v DD - Defence of a company and their employee accused of health and safety offences following a collision on farmland resulting in the death of a pedestrian.
  • HSE v GC - Defence of a company accused of health and safety offences following a fallen tree resulting in serious injury to a child. 
  • MHRA v T - Representation of a company under investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency following the death of a child.
  • HSE v DM - Representation of a business when an employee suffered serious injuries after driving a tipper trailer into overhead power lines.

Road Traffic Cases:

  • R v JM - Defence at the Crown Court for a tractor driver charged with Causing Death by Careless Driving after a collision with a motorcycle. Case discontinued after representations were made.
  • R v DH - Appeared at the Crown Court for a lorry driver charged with three offences of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving after his lorry struck a broken down van whilst he was distracted by his mobile phone.
  • R v BP - Defence of a driver charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Obtained medical evidence in relation to the defendant’s learning difficulties and successfully argued that he could not have understood the statutory warning. Case discontinued.
  • R v HT - Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Simon's cross examination of a police officer revealed that the request for the specimen was not borne from a bona fide investigation and as such should not have been sought.
  • R v RG - Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with driving whilst disqualified.
  • R v SD - Secured a suspended sentence at the Crown Court for a defendant charged with Dangerous Driving and Drug Driving on the motorway, as well as a spate of further offences of driving whilst unfit through drugs that were committed whilst on bail and in the weeks preceding the Dangerous Driving offence.
  • Police v TB - Representation at the police station of a suspect accused of Causing Death by Careless Driving. No further action taken and the suspect released following Simon's representations regarding insufficient evidence.

General Crime:



  • R v NS - Secured acquittal after trial in the Magistrates’ Court of a police recruit charged with harassment. Case involved cross examination of a juvenile witness and successful opposition of a post-acquittal restraining order that would have affected NS' ability to pursue his career in the police.
  • R v JJ - Secured acquittal after a two - day trial in the Magistrates’ Court for a carer of good character charged with fraud by abuse of position. Case involved cross examination of a vulnerable adult.
  • R v LD - Secured acquittal after trial in the Youth Court for a young person of good character charged with violent disorder. Cross examination revealed that the identification evidence of a police officer had been obtained in breach of PACE.
  • R v MJ - Defence of a client charged with three assaults on emergency workers. Case discontinued after Simon identified serious flaws in the disclosure process.
  • R v AA - Secured acquittal after trial in the Magistrates' Court for a client charged with domestic assault. Simon successfully adduced non-defendant bad character evidence in the form of witness evidence to the effect that the complainant was the abusive party.
  • R v JC - Secured acquittal after trial in the Magistrates' Court for a client charged with assault ABH. The Court found that the defendant's actions amounted to self - defence.
  • R v CB - Secured acquittal after trial in the Magistrates' Court for a client charged with using violence to secure entry, criminal damage and assault.
  • R v RK - Secured acquittal in the Magistrates' Court for a client charged with assault after a submission of no case to answer when cross examination revealed the complainant had lied to the police.
  • R v M, M, M and W - Defence of three of four young people in the Youth Court charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to receive stolen goods. The case involved the commission of 124 separate offences. Case involved NRM referrals and conclusive findings of exploitation as well as legal argument in relation to a prosecution application to amend a charge post-conviction.